The UMMA Education Department and Student Programming and Advisory Council, in conjunction with the Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life exhibition at UMMA, invite UM students to host their own performances of Fluxus Event Scores throughout the month of March.

Event Scores involve simple actions, ideas, and objects from everyday life recontexualized as performance. Event Scores are texts that can be seen as proposal pieces or instructions for actions. The idea of the score suggests musicality. Like a musical score, Event Scores can be realized by artists other than the original creator and are open to variation and interpretation.

Choose one of the original Fluxus Event Scores (See Fluxus Performance Workbook*) or create your own based on one of the 14 “essential questions”:

Art (What’s It Good For)?











Staying Alive?


What Am I?

Choose a place and time to perform your Event Score. You may publicize your performance or not. Document your performance with either video or photography and send to UMMA to be featured here on The Annex, UMMA’s student blog. Let us know about your performance in advance and we’ll give you a cool Fluxus t-shirt (while supplies last)!

You may also submit a proposal to perform your Event Score at UMMA during a special Fluxus-themed Student Late Night event from 10pm to midnight on March 30, 2012. Click here to download the proposal form.

Do you have a great idea for a performance, but need some money to pull it off? Arts at Michigan’s Student Mini-Grants provide funding to support undergraduate initiatives in the arts. Click here for more info about how to apply.

Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and was generously supported by Constance and Walter Burke, Dartmouth College Class of 1944, the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund, and the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund. UMMA’s installation is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Health System, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Arts at Michigan, and the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.


Fluxus Performance Workbook (PDF download) 

About FLUXUS, archives, performance documents, fluxfilms catalogue, related documents, links to sites about fluxus, links to fluxus individuals’ sites:

Article about this history of Fluxus by Ken Friedman:

List of essays on Fluxus on George Maciunas Foundation website:

For those who want a thorough understanding of Fluxus, The Fluxus Reader, written in 1998 by Ken Friedman, offers the first comprehensive overview on this challenging and controversial group. PDF version of the book available for download:

Article about Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life exhibition at Dartmouth:

Alison Knowles performs her 1962 event score “Make a Salad” at Tate Modern in London in 2008:

2011 Fluxus Events in 2011, performances of original Fluxus event scores by Indianapolis, Indiana based Big Car, a nonprofit arts organization and a collective of artists, writers and musicians:

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